Semi overturns with 40,000 pounds of dog food cargo

At 1:38 a.m. Wednesday morning, a semi-truck hauling 40,000 pounds of dog food went over the side of southbound Interstate 5 at the Lake Hughes Road overpass, sparking a small vegetation fire, and overturning onto the northbound lanes of The Old Road. Photos by Rick McClure.
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A semi-truck carrying 40,000 pounds of dog food overturned and careened off the side of a freeway in Castaic early Wednesday. 

At 1:30 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department officials received a call of an overturned semi-truck near The Old Road and Lake Hughes Road. 

The semi-truck had reportedly gone off the side of the southbound side of Interstate 5 at Lake Hughes Road, crashing through a chain link fence and landing on The Old Road overturned, said Officer Josh Greengard, a spokesman for California Highway Patrol Newhall Office. 

The crash resulted in a small brush fire breaking out, according to Marvin Lim, a spokesman for the Fire Department. 

At 1:38 a.m. Wednesday morning, a semi-truck hauling 40,000 pounds of dog food went over the side of southbound Interstate 5 at the Lake Hughes Road overpass, sparking a small vegetation fire, and overturning onto the northbound lanes of The Old Road. Photos by Rick McClure.
At 1:38 a.m. Wednesday morning, a semi-truck hauling 40,000 pounds of dog food went over the side of southbound Interstate 5 at the Lake Hughes Road overpass, sparking a small vegetation fire, and overturning onto the northbound lanes of The Old Road. Photos by Rick McClure.

“It was a (100-foot-by-50-foot) spot that was started by the vehicle that got into the brush,” said Lim, adding that one engine was able to handle the blaze. 

The driver had been able to exit the vehicle and no injuries were reported, Lim said. 

At 1:38 a.m. Wednesday morning, a semi-truck hauling 40,000 pounds of dog food went over the side of southbound Interstate 5 at the Lake Hughes Road overpass, sparking a small vegetation fire, and overturning onto the northbound lanes of The Old Road. Photos by Rick McClure.
At 1:38 a.m. Wednesday morning, a semi-truck hauling 40,000 pounds of dog food went over the side of southbound Interstate 5 at the Lake Hughes Road overpass, sparking a small vegetation fire, and overturning onto the northbound lanes of The Old Road. Photos by Rick McClure.
At 1:38 a.m. Wednesday morning, a semi-truck hauling 40,000 pounds of dog food went over the side of southbound Interstate 5 at the Lake Hughes Road overpass, sparking a small vegetation fire, and overturning onto the northbound lanes of The Old Road. Photos by Rick McClure.

When CHP officials arrived  on the scene, the truck carrying 40,000 pounds was on its side, according to Greengard. 

The Old Road was closed in both directions as CHP officers investigated the crash scene, and street services were dispatched to clean up an oil spill. 

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